Champagne village profile: Chenay in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Chenay 201509Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties:
 58.1 hectares (143.6 acres), of which 65% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

North: Hermonville
Northeast: Pouillon
East: Merfy
South: Châlons-sur-Vesle
Northwest: Trigny
Comment : more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The village

The town hall (mairie) of Chenay. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Chenay is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The Chenay commune covers 389 hectares and has 257 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as chenois and chenoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chenay are located around the village, and largely consist of mild mild south-facing slopes.

The most common grape variety in Chenay is Pinot Noir, with a wide margin. Only two villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry (the other is Châlons-sur-Vesle, the neighbour of Chenay) has more than 50% Pinot Noir in their vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Chenay commune is 58.1 hectares (143.6 acres). There are 37.7 ha Pinot Noir (64.9%), 11.5 ha Pinot Meunier (19.8%), and 8.9 ha Chardonnay (15.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 7 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes. MA = marque d’acheteur, a brand used on bottles produced by someone else.

  • Comtes de Dampierre (NM) with its main seat in Bouzy has a facility in Chenay.
  • Louis Guerlet (MA) has an address in Chenay, and the bottles I’ve seen are produced by the cooperative in Pouillon (Les Six Coteaux).

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Pascal Arfaux, has 4.5 ha of vineyards in Chenay and Merfy. The reserve wines are stored as a solera in large oak barrels.

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-10-24

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